Villanova offers one of the broadest and most comprehensive arrays of courses of any graduate tax program in the country. Students take at least 12 credit hours of required courses that cover the major substantive areas of the Internal Revenue Code and tax practice and procedure. In addition, each student must enroll in one transactional planning course. The required courses provide a foundation for the more advanced elective courses.
The required courses are tailored to the backgrounds of LL.M and M.T. candidates. In order to provide a common body of knowledge when students enter the more advanced and elective courses, the first several required courses must be taken in a designated order. For the same reason, some courses have prerequisite or co-requisite requirements that must be satisfied.
Most elective courses are offered at least once each academic year. Depending on student demand, a few electives are offered less frequently; those generally repeat within a six-semester cycle. As the direction of federal tax law changes, new courses may be added, or the content of existing courses altered, to keep pace with those changes.
Links to further information about the degree program curriculum and course requirements are below.